Hahm and Tavel. Serving Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Tacoma, Federal Way, Lynnwood, Everett and Edmonds. Also serving Skagit County, Pierce County, Kitsap County, Island County, Snohomish County and Thurston County.
Phone: 1.425.894.7373
Fax: 1.425.458.9049

Phillip Alden Tavel (Details)

After graduating from Vassar College in 1993 with Honors in Physics and a double major in Science, Technology and Society, Phillip spent a year teaching High-School Physics at the Riverdale Country Day School in the Bronx, New York and a year and a half as a Science Education Analyst for the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia. Phillip then attended the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (Yeshiva University’s law school) in New York City. In law school he focused on trial practice, appellate advocacy, all areas of intellectual property law and was also a leading member of Cardozo’s Trial Team. During his three years at Cardozo, Phillip worked for the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, the Ulster County District Attorney’s office, he clerked for a NY Supreme Court Justice and was also a special assistant to the CFO of Bloomberg LLP. While working for the Ulster County District Attorney’s office Phillip spent an entire summer working on the first death penalty case in New York after the reinstatement of the death penalty by Governor Pataki in 1995 as the sole legal assistant to the Chief Assistant District Attorney.

After law school he moved to Seattle where he went to work at Nintendo of America doing marketing, localization and game development. In 1999 Phillip started Interactive Imagination, a brand-development and entertainment company (helping to raise over $2 million) where he created Magi-Nation™, an animated fantasy world that became the foundation for an award-winning GameBoy™ game (Electronic Gaming Monthly Silver Medal and listed as one of the 100 best GameBoy games of all-time) , a successful collectible card game (Origins Award Nominee for Game of the Year in 2001) and which eventually became an animated TV series (airing on the Kids WB starting in the Fall of 2007).

Phillip left Interactive Imagination in 2002 to become the Creative Director of Blue Tongue Entertainment in Melbourne, Australia (a video game developer acquired by US Publisher THQ in 2004). While in Australia Phillip also founded Absolute Games, a Games and Collectibles Retail site and tournament center (which was the site of the Australian Pokemon, DragonBall Z and Mage Knight National Championships).

In 2005 Phillip returned to Seattle where he began working for DeVryUniversity as the National Curriculum Manager for the newly started Game and Simulation Programming Bachelors degree program. While working for DeVry, Phillip began volunteering with the Associated Counsel for the Accused (ACA), King County’s largest Public Defender organization. Phillip then left DeVryto begin a full-time position with the ACA. He spent most of the next two years working as a Public Defender, on over 1000 cases and a dozen trials. {see below for Phillip’s case statistics while with the Public Defender}.

At the end of 2007, Phillip left the ACA to become General Counsel and Director of Business Development for CPApartner, an accounting and finance services companywith offices in Seattle and Bellevue. Phillip also took on the role of General Counsel for Innovation Business Partners, a New Jersey based technology and creativity engineering company). Phillip is also currently co-authoring the first introductory textbook for the extensive Modeling and Simulation industry. He has also become a CASA (court appointed special advocate for children) for King County.

Phillip’s wide ranging and diverse professional background has given him extensive experience with criminal law, trial advocacy, intellectual property law, video and non-electronic game design, development and production, education and curriculum development, sales, marketing, advertising, business plan development, and fund-raising. At Hahm and Tavel, Phillip focuses on the true passion of his life, trial law.